FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons drafted Calvin Ridley for what he can bring to the offense, but after two preseason games, it's not out of realm to think that in addition to his role at receiver, he could very well be the Atlanta's No. 1 option at kick returner.
And Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he would consider it.
Ridley returned two kicks for 52 yards in the Falcons' second preseason game. Throughout training camp, Ridley was one of the players who got reps as a returner during the special teams portion of practice.
Based off what Ridley's value in the offense is expected to be, it begs the question: Are the Falcons willing to have him return kicks knowing that? The question comes from the common thought that if a player is back returning kicks every time, could he be more susceptible to injuries than if he just stayed playing offense or defense.
Quinn said he recognizes the question, but at the end of the day, if Ridley is the player who gives the Falcons the best shot at good starting field position, he's all for it.
"He's definitely going to a have significant role on offense," Quinn said. "But his role also is to create explosive plays and if that's either way, we would certainly consider that."
Special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said they'll take it through all four games before making a decision and Ridley is someone coach Quinn said will get another crack at it on Saturday night in Jacksonville.
The Falcons finished last in the league in average starting field position according to Pro Footabll Reference. On average, the Falcons began each drive at their 25-yard line.
So if Ridley can help in that regard, it's no wonder Quinn is seriously considering it.